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Ways To Communicate With My Friends

Talking About Your Feelings

We all have different ways of sharing our inner struggles and emotions. Some of us are open with our close friends, while others like to keep things more private. There isn’t one “right” way to express what you’re going through because every friendship and relationship is unique. Sharing your personal life can make your connections stronger, but it also means your friend might accidentally tell others what you’ve said.

When it comes to talking about your mental health, it’s important to think about what you’re comfortable with. It can also be helpful to think about why you want to share this information. For example:

  • To find common ground with someone.
  • To ask for help.
  • To make someone understand and empathize with you.
  • To explain your actions or behaviors.
  • For instance, if your friends invite you to a social event, but you can’t go because of anxiety, it might be useful for them to know why. This is similar to having a food allergy – there are some restaurants you can’t go to.

Before you start talking about your mental health, think about what you want to achieve and what you hope your friends will do. But don’t try to guess what they might think or assume they’ll react badly. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what to share and with whom.

What to Say
Some conversations are more important than others, and it’s totally normal to feel unsure or anxious when you’re sharing something personal or emotional. Before you have a conversation about your mental health, it can be helpful to write down what you want to say or practice saying it privately a few times. You can even practice in front of a mirror. If you’re not sure how much to share or what to say, it’s okay to talk about this with a trusted adult, like your school counselor or therapist if you have one.

You don’t have to share all the details of your diagnosis or your treatment unless you’re comfortable doing so. Instead, you can tell your friends that you’re going through a mental health challenge and that you appreciate their support while you’re working on it. Explaining how this situation affects you and your relationship with them can be helpful.

Giving your friends this basic information can prevent misunderstandings in the future. If you ever need to skip an event or change your plans because of your mental health, your friends are more likely to understand and offer their support.

As you learn more about your mental health and get better at talking about it, you’ll become more confident in deciding who to talk to and how to start these conversations.